X FACTOR sensation Lucy Spraggan says she has been waiting ‘a long time’ for her shot at the big time - but insists she is ‘ready for it’.
The 20-year-old from Stannington, Sheffield, has received rave reviews since her appearance on the hit TV talent show on Saturday.
Her self-penned song Last Night - which received a standing ovation from the X Factor judges - has shot to the top of the iTunes singles chart, and she has been praised online by celebrities from Rio Ferdinand to Cher Lloyd.
Lucy, who was selling 99p baby photographs in Sheffield city centre until her hit audition, said the experience had been ‘surreal’.
“This experience has been absolutely ridiculous,” she told Radio Sheffield.
“It’s insane. I’ve got 40,000 followers on Twitter, which is just ridiculous.”
Lucy, who grew up in Buxton and moved to Sheffield for the city’s live music scene, said: “I’ve got a long way to go. But I’m so ready for it. I’ve been waiting for this chance for a long time.”
She wowed the X Factor audience with her witty material about waking up after a night out on the town.
Her lyrics featured lines such as, ‘last night I called you a loser, that was after the flaming sambucca’.
Lucy said: “The song came from personal experience.’’
But she said not all her songs were based on humour: “I’ve got serious songs, happy songs, all sorts. I’ve got 200 songs that people haven’t heard.”